By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Kyron McMaster, the defending IAAF Diamond League Diamond League 400 meters hurdles champion, cut his race short in Lausanne, Switzerland last Thursday night after feeling discomfort.
McMaster, who returned to competition on June 30 in Paris after sitting out several races with a slight injury over a five-week period, was second to Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba, who became just the second man in the history of the event to break 47.00 seconds, when he ran 46.98 for victory. McMaster finished second in a personal best of 47.54 seconds with Karsden Warholm on Norway, the 2017 IAAF World champion third in 48.06 after hitting the eight hurdle.
The trio were at it again in the Swiss city. McMaster who was outside Samba in his last outing, was inside the world leader this time, with Warholm outside both of them.
McMaster got out fast, led over the first hurdle and made up the stagger on Samba, then slowed and stopped after clearing the fourth of the 10 hurdles just before the 200 meters on the backs straight. Samba went on to win his sixth successive Diamond League race in 47.42 seconds, with Warholm dipping under 48.00 for a third time, settling for 47.94.
As the race progressed, McMaster walked across the track.
“He isn’t injured,” McMaster’s manager Norman Peart said. “He had a little discomfort before the race and was instructed to stop it if didn’t feel right.”
Prior to competing in Paris, when he was home as the BVI celebrated his Commonwealth Games victory along with other finalist, his coach Lennox Graham said that they were looking to see how he would do in the Paris and Lausanne races before deciding on the rest of the season including the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia and the North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships in Canada.
After running in Paris, McMaster said he was not 100%.
Hodge off to Jr. Olympics
Adaejah Hodge qualified for the USA’s Jr. Olympics in North Carolina, after winning both the 200 and 400m in Georgia. The Mason Creek Middle-schooler, narrowly missed her 400m best by .01, when she ran 57.81 seconds, her fourth race under 58.00 in as many meets. She also won the 200m in 25.59 seconds.